Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Fun with Kitties

This past week or more, the weather has felt no different from February in Abbotsford - overcast, rainy, cold. I was beginning to wonder if summer would show up, but thankfully the forecast is looking a little more promising for the coming week. Good thing since my parents will be visiting. They have always visited in the fall - the start of our dreary rain days - and I am hoping to show them a little more BC sunshine this time around!

To add to the "winter" feeling we were experiencing, Micah randomly got the flu last weekend. He woke up Saturday night with a fever and started throwing up. It didn't last long and the rest of us managed to ward it off, thankfully. But interestingly, the last couple of times that Micah has thrown up, his face has broken out in these little red freckles - burst blood vessels I guess. They are quite prominent, but we think they are also kind of cute :) It's been almost a week now and the freckles have almost faded, but I wonder if this will continue to happen as he gets older...
It's hard to see them in pictures, but this was the day after he got sick:

Micah's sleeping is about 98% better than it was last week. After talking to the moms at playgroup I felt justified in the spanking approach - warning him that he would get a spanking every time he came out of his bed. I think we spanked him a few times that first night (and there were some tears), but he has been going to bed like an angel ever since. Last night we put Keziah down at 7:30 but I was going to let Micah stay up a bit yet. I found him sitting on his bed and asked him if he wanted to go to bed already and he said yes! I wish it was always that easy :)

Keziah is growing up fast, expanding her vocabulary and getting increasingly mischevious. Her soother-free sleeping continues to go well though I think she may have some teething issues waking her up the last couple of nights.

The kittens are getting cuter, not to mention a lot more active these days. When they see us, they start mewing and trying to climb out of their box. A few more weeks and they'll be ready to move to their new homes.

Keziah is such a mother to these little guys. Yesterday Erik found her 3 separate times in our room with a kitten on her lap. She tries to be gentle, but... oh, those poor kitties.

The camera comes out a lot these days when we take the kittens out - but the combination of kids and kittens is pretty irresistable!

The kittens are growing on Erik too, I think. Mama Cat, however... not so much. I think she must be eating more to feed her growing brood, because she is also using her litter box more often and leaving quite a stench in our small space. Interestingly, since Micah's flu he has "suddenly" developed over-active scent glands and has been very sensitive to smells - particulary Oreo's. We are generally quick to clean up the litter box, but even more so now with Micah whining and gagging over the smell!

This poor kitty is getting a ride in Micah's hat:

Kittens anyone??

Anyway, I should be off. Micah is thrilled that Granny & Grandpa are coming. We are counting down the days!


kelly said...

i'd say the freckles are from the strain of throwing up. When i had Taeya, not only did my eyes go blood red, but my shoulders got those freckles on them. but they are cuter on the face ;)
SO glad to hear micah is sleeping better; i know the spanking thing can be hard, but it's probably harder for you than him.
Keziah is looking so grown up, and ever-so cute! I'm glad the soother has not been an issue anymore! that's so wonderful!
the kittens are so cute too, and i am so with you on the cuteness of kids and kittens - irresistible!

Lindsay said...

Your pictures make me really want a kitten! So cute :)

Laura said...

Such cute kitties! And yep those are burst blood vessels from the strain of throwing up, but I doubt as he gets older he would always get them, but who knows? Glad to hear the bedtime thing with Micah is improving, I'll be praying it stays that way!

The A Team said...

Hi Jamie...

Just wanted to encourage you in the "spanking" technique. I (for the most part) highly beleive in it. My brother had MAJOR bed time issues..and my parents spanked him repeately. My other brothers have had to had ALOT of spankings. They turned out (for the most part..LOL) alright:) Also..not to alarm you, but I would get those freckles checked out. Or at least do some research on them. I am sure that they are just because of him throwing up, but you never know. Also..CUTE KITTIES!! I love reading your blogs..have a great weekend.

Kathy's corner said...

Hey, our society may say spanking is wrong, but it is Biblical. The wooden spoon worked great for me. I am so excitedto see the kitties too Micah. I am really excited that you are excited to see us. Smarties anyone??????

Trev & Rebekah said...

That's crazy about Micah's face. Isaiah has broken out with red spots around his neck today. I think it's heat rash though.
I love the kittens and wish I could have one.

Bonnie said...

Those kitties are definitely a lethal combo of cuteness when paired with your sweet kids! :) Hope you guys have a wonderful time with your parents... keeping my fingers crossed that this sunshine will stay for them!

Drea said...

awe... oh the cuteness of those kittens! I WANT ONE!!!!!!